I think replanting is a breeze, I have found that when I replant or repot any plant that it is best to do it just before sundown, allowing time of course, do the same with house plants at night, and use your plant instincts, it’s never failed me. However I intend to answer them in a blog post updating my original post on dividing hellebore—stay tuned. I love the early color they give the garden and I will definitely be adding more. The are easily pulled out but come back even more profusely. Dear Carolyn, We don’t grow hellebores here in Austin but you never know what the future holds! You might have to do this with hosta or daylilies but even those should first be attempted by your suggested method. I haven’t attempted dividing hellebores as the ones I had never got big enough but it’s good to know for when I purchase any hellebores in the future. I’ll remember to reference your post next year. Dig an 8-inch-deep circle around the hellebore plant, 6 inches from its outermost leaves. gil, Gail, ‘Ivory Prince’ is such a beautiful hellebore with its rose blushed ivory blooms and silvery foliage with red highlights. By the way, what happens if you do try to divide foetidus or lividus? I am so busy with my nursery right now that I don’t have time to answer all these questions. Orchids to you are what hellebores are to me so I know you can appreciate how much I love them. I will look into adding them to my garden, but I fear I do not have conditions to meet their needs. Gardening expert, Dan Hinkley shows Martha how easy it is to divide a hellebore into several different plants. That way you avoid unnecessary injury to the plant. Carolyn, great tips and advice. For the root-bound plants, leave the root system in its current “solid mass”? Dear Carolyn – A great article – are you dividing when the flowers have finished? I bought 3 hellebores last spring and I have blooms now! The American hellebore book written by Tyler and Burrell seems to discuss only cold hardiness. H.foetidus is quite handsome, with its tall divided leaves and flowers that stand up well above the foliage. The root system is extensive, try to remove as much root, and as much soil, as possible. But without the chance to improve the soil, regular mulching and feeding in the autumn is wise. Looking at those pictures I sure would like to try as they are much more my style than typical early spring flowers. I have just ordered more and have a mix of types…including argutifolius, foetidus ‘just because’ I wanted to;-) I love them…picking out a favorite is way to hard for me! Position in semi-shade to full shade and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. Hi from HZ5b, Champaign, IL, USA, planet earth. is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. Favorite Hellebores for your Winter and Spring Garden. I have just divided it again to give to my husbands sisters as a reminder to them of grandma and great gran. The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hellebores. This is late because I have just found Carolyn’s site. Your replies to posts recommend that gardeners divide hellebores as they are coming into bloom, ideally before the flowers are all the way out. Although you should water until frost for the first season, hybrid hellebores require no supplemental water once established even in droughts. Knew you were an expert but am impressed at how famous you are too. To maintain the plant, remove the old leaves when new growth appears during mid or late autumn. Public Holidays) 10am – 2pm Saturday, excluding public holiday weekends When weather or poor memory delay division, how does a “late-divided” Hellebore respond? Last week a friend let me dig tons of the stinking hellebore (love LOVE them) and I probably could’ve divided them but didn’t. If you planted plants they should theoretically bloom this year or at the latest next year. You need to do it now while it is still cold out. It is very much like ornimental grasses, they are very hardy, to bad they don’t self seed, A neighbor who just bought his house … gave me a patch 6″x6″ of his plant. Hellebores can be divided, allowing you to create new plants for free. Most have been interbred, producing countless hybrid Hellebores in a rich array of colors and forms. How neat! You may apply a slow-release all-purpose … Back when I was writing for gardening magazines, I authored an article for. You can divide the plant and move them to new pots or areas during late autumn. With some strong-arm help this fall I’d like to complete this project. Nursery Happenings: I am currently accepting orders for snowdrops, including  mail orders. Since writing this, I discovered that none other than the famous Gertrude Jekyll and I agree on this point. You comment that the flowers can be fully extended. I was mortified. Hi Carolyn, i don’t know hellebores because we dont have them here, just see them in photos. We are slowly transforming our garden into a woodland garden and the lawn area gets progressively smaller We have a pesky invader and I don’t know what it is: it has 3 leaves at the top of a stem like a Trillium and an elongated green flower. They are available in a range of colours, such as earthy whites, greens, yellows and deep purples, often with speckles and flashes of colour. Things I couldn’t grow in California ware peonies, oak leaf hydrangeas, and hellebore. ( Log Out /  Trim back the edges of root mass? Then untie the foliage and split the plant using the traditional ‘two forks’ technique. I only divide a hellebore if  it is so special that I can’t replicate it without division. The hybrids in my zone 5 garden came to me as seedlings from my mother’s zone 9 garden in central California, where they thrive. I just realized that I didn’t answer your question in this post. Water well, particularly during summer. Carolyn, Carolyn, I wish I had hybrid hellebores to try your very well explained recipe. For your first experience with dividing a hellebore, select a plant with between five and ten flowers, older plants are too woody. Hellebores require some NPK fertiliser in late autumn to ensure good flowering. Hellebores: Divide and Multiply By Carmine Carosella, Fairfax Master Gardener You’ve seen all those fancy hellebores at the garden shops, and they set your heart aflutter. They do not usually need to be divided for the health of the plant, but if you wish to transplant or divide a hellebore, that is best done in September or October. They do well in an open garden, but need mulching and like a more acidic soil. Amy, I am so happy that your hellebore has moved around with you and thrived. Carolyn. ( Log Out /  Growing these plants in total shade, means less leaf growth. Thanks, Marguerite. I’m inspired! Do you cut them back, dead head them after they bloom? If you want to learn more about the fascinating world of hellebores, you’ll need these guides next: How to Propagate Hellebores; How to Divide and Transplant Hellebores I love plants and, I really enjoy writing. Best regards and THANK YOU for sharing your expertise. Dividing is best accomplished by digging the whole plant, washing the crown free of soil in order to make it easier to see what you are doing, and then cutting between the growth buds with a sharp knife. They are really beautiful. Jill, There is really nothing to divide because they produce a woody stalk from a central point. In 1898, in, Snowdrops and Other Winter Interest Plants Seminar, March GBBD: The Philadelphia International Flower Show. Carolyn. Lisa, Maybe the plants that were divided to produce your gift were so big that they had separated into separate stalks and thus separate plants so they may take. Carolyn, i was just gifted with a huge box of corsican hellebores which had been dug and divided. Carolyn, I divided my hellebores a while ago. They don’t need dividing or staking or fertilizing, they just do their thing without much gardener intervention. The plant prefers neutral PH to slightly limy soils. This is part of a series of articles on hellebores, one of the specialties of my nursery. Now if you could only tell me how to divide pumonarias I have some friends who would be most happy. Today I was using a hatchet and rock hammer to divide some really large hellebore clumps. Before you attempt any cuts, please make sure you have a heavy duty knife that is very sharp, preferably with serrations on some portion of the blade. The March 6 session of Charles Cresson’s Snowdrops and Other Winter Interest Plants Seminar has been rescheduled for March 13 and has a few spaces left. MNGarden, Now that’s a recommendation if I ever heard one. This is a wonderful article on hellebores. Hellebores take three to five years from seed. An economical way to increase your supply is to divide your own desirable plants. I have divided a hellebore but only once so far. Maybe next autumn I will be ready for the experience. ( Log Out /  I had no idea what they even were until I began blogging! Dividing hellebores It is both straightforward, and practical, to divide most species, hybrids and cultivars. Hellebore is the common spelling for Helleborus spp., a genus of flowering perennials that grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, depending on species.Ideally, transplant hellebores during their dormant period in fall.The popular variety lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9, adapts most readily to transplanting. Joey, The huge plants are amazing, and I keep adding more hellebores because so many appear that I can’t bear to sell. One, I appreciate that you continue to read and comment even though many of the plants I talk about don’t grow in Malaysia. Excellent article and gorgeous hybrid hellebores, Carolyn … the huge undivided drifts must be a stunning sight to behold. Hellebores. Regards Liz, Liz, Thanks for sharing your story of hellebores as a pass along plant in Australia no less. The roots are single and long with a nodule. How to divide Hellebores. Iam constantly discovering different colours, shapes and patterns in mine. I have 2 that are ok, not great, but flowering. The root system is past loosening roots and spreading them out into compost amended soil. Ted also grows H.argutifolius which are a taller growing variety, best suited for the back of a border, with its head of lime green flowers. I always divide my hellebores as they are coming into bloom because each flower represents a potential division. Hellebores are not difficult to grow in the cooler temperate areas of Australia. I didn’t like writing for magazines because they edit, add photos, and caption photos without any input from the author. They are very good at producing seedlings, and the new plants look exactly like the parents unlike hybrid hellebores. Hellebores grow mainly in dappled shade. I have turned a corner and look forward to more garden delights in the next ten years. If not, I am assuming it is too hot in Austin for hellebores. I live in the Boston area. While dividing and transplanting hellebores is usually done in early fall or late winter, sometimes circumstances require us to do so at an inopportune time. Where to plant. My oldest plant is now 4 years old and is bearing Many beautiful flowers this Spring. Carolyn. I didn’t break it up to small chunks though, more like just cutting it in half. That last collage is a stunner, too! I'm not sure I can post a photo from my phone, but I have a large and thriving hybrid hellebore that I've had for just over two years. I always divide my hellebores as they are coming into bloom because each flower represents a potential division. With sandy soil it's important to add mulch and compost. Watch out for the gold coloured Hellebores. Carolyn, Had never considered dividing mine…will look at those that are old enough to do this and spread the wealth…, Donna, Send me a comment if you have any further questions when it is time to divided your hellebores. Hellebores are part of the Ranunculaceae family, which includes Ranunculus, Anenomes and Clematis. Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade. Hellebores are tough garden plants, well suited to the climate of south eastern Australia. Dividing hellebore plants is not necessary, but it can enhance flowering in older plants. Carolyn, What a great post. I divided the one a couple of years ago because it was the only one I owned at the time! They are native to central and south Europe … In southern climates where the sun is not as harsh, hellebores can … Do remove the seedlings from around the mother plant to a new location with more room. Others here swear you can’t grow them. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. And I did it by digging directly into it, while in the ground, cutting it in half. If you leave at least three buds in each divisio… This entry was posted on March 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm and is filed under hellebores, How to, Shade Perennials with tags dviding hybrid hellebores, Helleborus x hybridus, hybrid hellebores. Division is not only a great way to propagate hellebores that have become old, but you can also easily repot the numerous babies the plant readily produces each year. It’s important to be careful while pruning, however, as the sap of the plant can irritate the skin. Please let me know in a comment/reply about your experiences with dividing hybrid hellebores. ( I better mention I live in southern Australia – south is our shady side!) It's not usually necessary for the health of the plant; but if you wish to divide them, this is best done in fall. It will be awhile before I can divide the little plants I got from you, but I wanted to let you know that one of the Red Ladies is blooming for me. How to grow hellebores in a pot. This would include most of Victoria, Tasmania, cooler mountainous regions of NSW and the cooler parts of South Australia. What are they and what can be done to eliminate them chemical free? Jan, Hybrid hellebores are late this year so maybe yours are still coming. It has moved spots in the garden several times, and spent 3 years in a pot whilst we we building a new home. Make your cuts where you see natural divisions in the root system as shown in the photo for step 4, including some roots, woody rhizome, and flower stems in each division. 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